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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547820/future-of-medical-physics-real-time-mri-guided-proton-therapy
#1
Bradley M Oborn, Stephen Dowdell, Peter E Metcalfe, Stuart Crozier, Radhe Mohan, Paul J Keall
With the recent clinical implementation of real-time MRI guided x-ray beam therapy (MRXT), attention is therapy (MRPT). MRI guidance for proton beam therapy is expected to offer a compelling improvement to the turning to the concept of combining real-time MRI guidance with proton beam therapy; MRI guided proton beam current treatment workflow which is warranted arguably more than for x-ray beam therapy. This argument is born out of the fact that proton therapy toxicity outcomes are similar to that of the most advanced IMRT treatments, despite being a fundamentally superior particle for cancer treatment...
May 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547136/curiosities-of-x-chromosomal-markers-and-haplotypes
#2
Daniel Kling
Recent progress in forensic genetics has introduced a number of closely located short tandem repeat (STR) markers on the X chromosome. Inevitably, dependencies arise that have to be accounted for. This paper will in detail explore the complex statistical interpretation of X-chromosomal STR markers, focusing on likelihood calculations. Specifically, we will investigate how the phase uncertainty of haplotypes comes into play in the statistical evaluations and what curious effects this phenomenon can have. The starting point is the different real cases where the weight of evidence has provided unexpected results that require further investigation in order to be fully understood...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544956/dna-commission-of-the-international-society-for-forensic-genetics-isfg-guidelines-on-the-use-of-x-strs-in-kinship-analysis
#3
Andreas O Tillmar, Daniel Kling, John M Butler, Walther Parson, Mechthild Prinz, Peter M Schneider, Thore Egeland, Leonor Gusmão
Forensic genetic laboratories perform an increasing amount of genetic analyses of the X chromosome, in particular to solve complex cases of kinship analysis. For some biological relationships X-chromosomal markers can be more informative than autosomal markers, and there are a large number of markers, methods and databases that have been described for forensic use. Due to their particular mode of inheritance, and their physical location on a single chromosome, some specific considerations are required when estimating the weight of evidence for X-chromosomal marker DNA data...
May 13, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543443/structural-review-of-ppar%C3%AE-in-complex-with-ligands-cartesian-and-dihedral-angle-principal-component-analyses-of-x-ray-crystallographic-data
#4
Åsmund Kaupang, Tuomo Laitinen, Antti Poso, Trond Vidar Hansen
Two decades of research into the ligand-dependent modulation of the activity of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) have demonstrated the heterogeneous modes of action of PPARγ ligands, in terms of their interaction surfaces in the ligand-binding pocket, binding stoichiometry and ability to interact with functionally important parts of the receptor, through both direct and allosteric mechanisms. These findings signal the complex mechanistic bases of the distinct biological effects of different classes of PPARγ ligands...
May 24, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542288/structural-models-of-the-different-trimers-present-in-the-core-of-phycobilisomes-from-gracilaria-chilensis-based-on-crystal-structures-and-sequences
#5
Jorge Dagnino-Leone, Maximiliano Figueroa, Claudia Mella, María Alejandra Vorphal, Frédéric Kerff, Aleikar José Vásquez, Marta Bunster, José Martínez-Oyanedel
Phycobilisomes (PBS) are accessory light harvesting protein complexes that directionally transfer energy towards photosystems. Phycobilisomes are organized in a central core and rods radiating from it. Components of phycobilisomes in Gracilaria chilensis (Gch) are Phycobiliproteins (PBPs), Phycoerythrin (PE), and Phycocyanin (PC) in the rods, while Allophycocyanin (APC) is found in the core, and linker proteins (L). The function of such complexes depends on the structure of each component and their interaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541719/the-studies-of-archaeological-pottery-with-the-use-of-selected-analytical-techniques
#6
Joanna Kałużna-Czaplińska, Angelina Rosiak, Jacek Grams, Karolina Chałupka, Przemysław Makarowicz, Waldemar Maniukiewicz, Elżbieta Szubiakiewicz
Modern analytical methods play an important role in archaeological objects, including ceramics. This review focuses on the use of analytical methods such as: gas chromatography coupled mass spectrometry (GC/MS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) with thermal analysis (TGA-MS) to study the chemical and mineralogical composition of archaeological samples and organic residues preserved inside. In this paper, special attention was paid to the ToF-SIMS method, which allows the determination of characteristic ions on the surface of ceramic samples...
May 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538045/donor-derived-infections-in-solid-organ-transplant-patients-toward-a-holistic-approach
#7
Esther Benamu, Cameron R Wolfe, Jose G Montoya
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Solid organ demand far exceeds organ supply. Strategies to increase the donor pool include the liberalization of selection criteria without increasing the risk of unexpected donor-derived infection (DDI), a rare complication of transplantation carrying high morbidity and mortality. We review the challenging aspects in the prevention of DDI, focusing on the complexities of data sharing and efficient communication and the role infectious diseases specialists play in the process...
May 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536925/parental-perspectives-on-pharmacological-clinical-trials-a-qualitative-study-in-down-syndrome-and-fragile-x-syndrome
#8
Victoria Reines, Krista Charen, Tracie Rosser, Arri Eisen, Stephanie L Sherman, Jeannie Visootsak
Research studies focusing on parents' perspectives of pharmacological clinical trials have not kept pace with the number of emerging pharmacologic clinical trials in Down syndrome (DS) and Fragile X syndrome (FXS). Since individuals with DS or FXS have limited cognitive ability to make decisions about their participation in clinical trials, it is important to consider the parents' perspectives and explore the ways in which decisions are made for their children. Using a semi-structured interview, we enrolled 9 parents of a child(ren) with FXS and 15 with a child with DS to analyze their views, experiences, and knowledge of pharmacological clinical trials...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535253/endothelial-glycocalyx-the-battleground-for-complications-of-sepsis-and-kidney-injury
#9
Jong Wook Song, Joseph Zullo, Mark Lipphardt, Matthew Dragovich, Frank X Zhang, Bingmei Fu, Michael S Goligorsky
After briefly discussing endothelial glycocalyx and its role in vascular physiology and renal disease, this overview focuses on its degradation very early in the course of microbial sepsis. We describe our recently proposed mechanism for glycocalyx degradation induced by exocytosis of lysosome-related organelles and release of their cargo. Notably, an intermediate in nitric oxide synthesis, NG-hydroxy-l-arginine, shows efficacy in curtailing exocytosis of these organelles and improvement in animal survival...
May 23, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534622/solute-partitioning-in-micelles-combining-molecular-dynamics-simulations-cosmomic-and-experiments
#10
Denitsa Yordanova, Eric Ritter, Thomas Gerlach, Jan-Hendrik Jensen, Irina Smirnova, Sven Jakobtorweihen
The partition equilibria of solutes between micelles and an aqueous phase is a key factor in many applications. Depending on the task, many micelle-solute combinations are possible. Therefore, theoretical methods to predict the partition behavior in micellar systems are needed. Here, two predictive methods are evaluated and compared. First, it is shown how molecular dynamics simulations (MD) with the umbrella sampling method can be used to calculate free energy profiles in micellar systems. The second applied method is an extension of the COSMO-RS theory to anisotropic systems termed COSMOmic...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534485/pseudoexfoliation-syndrome-associated-genetic-variants-affect-transcription-factor-binding-and-alternative-splicing-of-loxl1
#11
Francesca Pasutto, Matthias Zenkel, Ursula Hoja, Daniel Berner, Steffen Uebe, Fulvia Ferrazzi, Johannes Schödel, Panah Liravi, Mineo Ozaki, Daniela Paoli, Paolo Frezzotti, Takanori Mizoguchi, Satoko Nakano, Toshiaki Kubota, Shinichi Manabe, Erika Salvi, Paolo Manunta, Daniele Cusi, Christian Gieger, Heinz-Erich Wichmann, Tin Aung, Chiea Chuen Khor, Friedrich E Kruse, André Reis, Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt
Although lysyl oxidase-like 1 (LOXL1) is known as the principal genetic risk factor for pseudoexfoliation (PEX) syndrome, a major cause of glaucoma and cardiovascular complications, no functional variants have been identified to date. Here, we conduct a genome-wide association scan on 771 German PEX patients and 1,350 controls, followed by independent testing of associated variants in Italian and Japanese data sets. We focus on a 3.5-kb four-component polymorphic locus positioned spanning introns 1 and 2 of LOXL1 with enhancer-like chromatin features...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533904/-this-is-where-it-all-started-the-pivotal-role-of-plc%C3%AE-within-the-sophisticated-process-of-mammalian-reproduction-a-systemic-review
#12
Itai Gat, Raoul Orvieto
Mammalian reproduction is one of the most complex and fascinating biological phenomenon, which aims to transfer maternal and paternal genetic material to the next generation. At the end of oogenesis and spermatogenesis, both haploid gametes contain a single set of chromosomes ready to form the zygote, the first cell of the newly developing individual. The mature oocyte and spermatozoa remain in a quiescent state, during which the oocyte is characterized by nuclear and cytoplasmic arrest, while the spermatozoa necessitates further maturation within the epididymis and female reproductive track prior to egg fertilization...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532086/freeze-casting-for-plga-carbonated-apatite-composite-scaffolds-structure-and-properties
#13
M Schardosim, J Soulié, D Poquillon, S Cazalbou, B Duployer, C Tenailleau, C Rey, R Hübler, C Combes
This paper focuses on the fabrication of three-dimensional porous PLGA-biomimetic carbonated apatite composite scaffolds by freeze-casting and using dimethyl carbonate as a solvent. Several charge/polymer ratios were tested in order to finely understand the influence of the filler rate on the scaffold porosity and mechanical and degradation properties using complementary characterization techniques (SEM, mercury porosimetry and X-ray microtomography). It was demonstrated that the apatite ratio within the composite scaffold has a strong influence in terms of architecture, material cohesion, mechanical properties and in vitro degradation properties...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531164/dual-polarization-observations-of-slowly-varying-solar-emissions-from-a-mobile-x-band-radar
#14
Marco Gabella, Andreas Leuenberger
The radio noise that comes from the Sun has been reported in literature as a reference signal to check the quality of dual-polarization weather radar receivers for the S-band and C-band. In most cases, the focus was on relative calibration: horizontal and vertical polarizations were evaluated versus the reference signal mainly in terms of standard deviation of the difference. This means that the investigated radar receivers were able to reproduce the slowly varying component of the microwave signal emitted by the Sun...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530728/ultrafast-coulomb-explosion-of-a-diiodomethane-molecule-induced-by-an-x-ray-free-electron-laser-pulse
#15
Tsukasa Takanashi, Kosuke Nakamura, Edwin Kukk, Koji Motomura, Hironobu Fukuzawa, Kiyonobu Nagaya, Shin-Ichi Wada, Yoshiaki Kumagai, Denys Iablonskyi, Yuta Ito, Yuta Sakakibara, Daehyun You, Toshiyuki Nishiyama, Kazuki Asa, Yuhiro Sato, Takayuki Umemoto, Kango Kariyazono, Kohei Ochiai, Manabu Kanno, Kaoru Yamazaki, Kuno Kooser, Christophe Nicolas, Catalin Miron, Theodor Asavei, Liviu Neagu, Markus Schöffler, Gregor Kastirke, Xiao-Jing Liu, Artem Rudenko, Shigeki Owada, Tetsuo Katayama, Tadashi Togashi, Kensuke Tono, Makina Yabashi, Hirohiko Kono, Kiyoshi Ueda
Coulomb explosion of diiodomethane CH2I2 molecules irradiated by ultrashort and intense X-ray pulses from SACLA, the Japanese X-ray free electron laser facility, was investigated by multi-ion coincidence measurements and self-consistent charge density-functional-based tight-binding (SCC-DFTB) simulations. The diiodomethane molecule, containing two heavy-atom X-ray absorbing sites, exhibits a rather different charge generation and nuclear motion dynamics compared to iodomethane CH3I with only a single heavy atom, as studied earlier...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530200/antioxidant-antibacterial-and-anticancer-properties-of-phyto-synthesised-artemisia-quttensis-podlech-extract-mediated-agnps
#16
Farinaz Ghanbar, Amir Mirzaie, Fatemeh Ashrafi, Hassan Noorbazargan, Mojgan Dalirsaber Jalali, Soheil Salehi, Seyed Ataollah Sadat Shandiz
The focus of this study is on a rapid and cost-effective approach for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using Artemisia quttensis Podlech aerial parts extract and assessment of their antioxidant, antibacterial and anticancer activities. The prepared AgNPs were determined by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering and zeta-potential analysis...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529379/separating-or-sum-and-xor-circuits
#17
Magnus Find, Mika Göös, Matti Järvisalo, Petteri Kaski, Mikko Koivisto, Janne H Korhonen
Given a boolean n × n matrix A we consider arithmetic circuits for computing the transformation x ↦ Ax over different semirings. Namely, we study three circuit models: monotone OR-circuits, monotone SUM-circuits (addition of non-negative integers), and non-monotone XOR-circuits (addition modulo 2). Our focus is on separating OR-circuits from the two other models in terms of circuit complexity: We show how to obtain matrices that admit OR-circuits of size O(n), but require SUM-circuits of size Ω(n(3/2)/log(2)n)...
August 2016: Journal of Computer and System Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528669/modulation-of-ion-channels-by-cysteine-rich-peptides-from-sequence-to-structure
#18
Mehdi Mobli, Eivind A B Undheim, Lachlan D Rash
Venom peptides are natural ligands of ion channels and have been used extensively in pharmacological characterization of various ion channels and receptors. In this chapter, we survey all known venom peptide ion-channel modulators. Our survey reveals that the majority of venom peptides characterized to date target voltage-gated sodium or potassium channels. We further find that the majority of these peptides are found in scorpion and spider venoms. We discuss the influence of the pharmacological tools available in biasing discovery and the classical "toxin-to-sequence" approach to venom peptide biodiscovery...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527910/radiative-decay-engineering-8-coupled-emission-microscopy-for-lens-free-high-throughput-fluorescence-detection
#19
Liangfu Zhu, Ramachandram Badugu, Douguo Zhang, Ruxue Wang, Emiliano Descrovi, Joseph R Lakowicz
Fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging are now used throughout the biosciences. Fluorescence microscopes, spectrofluorometers, microwell plate readers and microarray imagers all use multiple optical components to collect, redirect and focus the emission onto single point or array imaging detectors. For almost all biological samples, except those with regular nanoscale features, emission occurs in all directions. With the exception of complex microscope objectives with large collection angles (NA ≤ 0.5), all these instruments collect only a small fraction of the total emission...
May 17, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527712/insulin-fibrillation-the-influence-and-coordination-of-zn-2
#20
Christian Grundahl Frankær, Pernille Sønderby, Maria Blanner Bang, Ramona Valentina Mateiu, Minna Groenning, Jens Bukrinski, Pernille Harris
Protein amyloid fibrillation is obtaining much focus because it is connected with amyloid-related human diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, or Parkinson's disease. The influence of metal ions on the fibrillation process and whether it is implemented in the amyloid fibrils has been debated for some years. We have therefore investigated the influence and binding geometry of zinc in fibrillated insulin using extended X-ray absorption fine-structure and X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
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